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5.0 out of 5 stars Personification of excellence!, 17 May 2017
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Gods of War, The (Republic)
Gods of War, The (Republic)
by Jack Ludlow
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliant conclusion to The Republic Trilogy., 25 April 2009
An amazing end to a great historical trilogy. Ludlow's story catches the imagination and never lets go, from the first page to the last this trilogy is filled with politics, war, assassination and intrigue. This a very well written series that transports back to the Republics glory days, you get a real sense if the elitist society Rome was, were the rich got richer and the poor were just that the poor. If you're a fan of Rome or historical fiction in general then is a great series to get your Teeth into.

This story is for the most part the story of Aquila Terentius, from his escape from Sicily to his journey to the streets of Rome were he meets some of his adopted family, namely a troublesome nephew names Fabius. He and his nephew get into numerous trouble to the point were to escape they join the Roman legions. Terentius shines, quickly being made centurion and earning battlefield honours, much to the displeasure of his noble masters. Aquila's one goal is to wipe out the leader of the Celtic tribes, if he can only survive the many powerful enemies he has made along the way, he may finally get to reach his goal.


Republic: The Sword of Revenge
Republic: The Sword of Revenge
by Jack Ludlow
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first!, 23 April 2009
This is the second novel in Jack Ludlow's The Republic trilogy. As with the first novel this is amazingly well written, the character development is far better then in his previous work as is the back drop to the many different environments. Ludlow is definitely one of the best writers of historical fiction out there, easily up there with Iggulden and Cornwell. If you're a fan of Rome or any historical fiction then read this it will impress you.

With Aulus dead in battle and one part of the prophecy fulfilled, Lucius now wonders if his time will come soon. Aulus two sons Quintus, now Lucius's political heir and Titus, commanding his own legion now must face a future were war and power struggles seem a sure thing. While after the death of his mother, Aquila goes in search of his friend who has been sold to wheat fields of Sicily. All of these stories come together to create and explosive finally.


REPUBLIC: THE PILLARS OF ROME
REPUBLIC: THE PILLARS OF ROME
by Ludlow
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to what might be a great series., 22 April 2009
Ludlow has created an amazing historic world, his writing is great, you really get a sense of being in the story, whether it be the rich homes of the nobles or the life of the slaves breaking their backs in the fields. The characters Ludlow has created are strong, I really enjoyed the dialog between the two main protagonists and then difference in their personalities. The only fault I found was I thought the battles scenes were not as good as they could have, that being said it didn't really take anything from the story. If you're a fan of historical fiction they this novel is a must.

Two young noble boys find themselves on a mountainside in search of the Sable a famed Roman oracle. One there they ask for for there future to be told, both boys leave shaken and vow a blood oath always to be there for each other. Thirty years later, one is Romes most powerful general, the other Romes most powerful senator. They both wait with bated breath to see if their prophecy will come true.


The Pathless Way
The Pathless Way
by Adam Nichols
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A decent novel, but not David Gemmell., 21 April 2009
This review is from: The Pathless Way (Paperback)
Well after reading Nichols's first novel I was hoping this one was going to be much better, Sadly it wasn't, this novel only just scraped by the three star mark. And as for the claim on the front cover that this guy is the new Gemmell, no, no and no again. He has knowhere near the skill that Gemmell had, his stories are knowhere near as good, the characters are boring, unlike Druss and Waylander and the fight scenes what few they are, are tepid to say the least. The only good thing about Nichols is that he is a good writer, sadly the quality of the story just isn't there. And sadly for me I bought all of his books from Amazon, so I still have his fantasy trilogy to read. I'm crossing my fingers that these three will be better.


The White Raven (The Oathsworn Series, Book 3)
The White Raven (The Oathsworn Series, Book 3)
by Robert Low
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Wolf Sea , but close., 20 April 2009
White Raven is the third book in the Oathsworn series. Low ha created a wonderful and vivid world filled with the action and adventure of the whale road. As with the previous two novels Low's character or well written and the backdrops all well realised. There are plenty of new characters to get our teeth sunk into, my personal favourites were Crowbone and the Amazon warriors. Personally I prefer the second novels to both this one and the first, but for any fan of Vikings or Historical fiction in general, this is a gem of a series well worth reading.

Ormm wants to settle down on his homestead and raise his horses, but the oathsworn are getting itchy feet, they can hear the call of the whale road and the adventures and wealth it promises. Also still in the back of their mind is the huge sums of silver left in Attila's tomb, it isn't until their homestead is attacked is Orm forced to take steps to leave his home. From when they leave, the oathsworn will face battles on land and sea and a race to the tomb of Attila.


Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East
Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East
by Harry Sidebottom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Roman thrill ride., 18 April 2009
Warrior of Rome is a great debut novel by respected and well known historian Harry Sidebottom. What makes this different from all the Rome stories you read is that this series is set during the decline of the Roman Empire, when the warlords and Kings of the east were fighting and killing all along the eastern Roman frontier. Sidebottom writes a really good story and it is so realistic that you can easily put yourself in the story next the characters, whether on the walls of Arete or on the voyage to the East.If you're looking for a great new author or historical novel then this is definitely a breath of fresh air.

The story begins at the siege Aquileia were Emperor Maximus Tharx leads his legions. One of his men is named Ballista, a political prisoner and also a Princes of the German tribes. During a meeting with the Emperor Ballista assassinates him and is proclaimed a hero of the Empire. Ten years later hie sets off to the east were he will face wars and sieges treachery and assassination attempts. Ballista has to do everything in his power to win and ultimately to survive.


War of the Lords Veil
War of the Lords Veil
by Adam Nichols
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good stand alone Fantasy!, 18 April 2009
This review is from: War of the Lords Veil (Paperback)
This author has been likened to the late and grate David Gemmell, sadly I don't think Nichols has anywhere near Gemmell's talent. That being said this is his first novel and it is well written, the problem I had is that I don't think the characters are well realised and neither is the backdrop to the story. I also didn't really like the magical system, magical helms that make a warrior all but unstoppable, it just doesn't have that X factor if you will. When it comes down to it I just didn't like the story, But this guy does have talent, so I'm hoping that with time and experience his next novel will be much better.


Conqueror's Moon: Part One of the Boreal Moon Tale
Conqueror's Moon: Part One of the Boreal Moon Tale
by Julian May
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read, nothing more., 13 April 2009
The only reason I'm reading this series is because I can not find anything else in the Fantasy genre that I haven't already read, so yes I am rather desperate at the moment. Anyway this is an OK book, a first in a trilogy, May's work is Good, her writing style is good and she paints a pretty good story together. However the reason why I gave this book three and not four stars is that characters are just so one sided, they're so wooded that I feel like I'm reading Pinnochios adventures and not a piece of Fantasy fiction. That being said the story is OK and the magical system is good, there is some action, though there could have been a lot more. Overall it's an OK book, if you're in between Fantasy series then this is worth picking up, just don't expect anything breathtaking.


The Forgotten Legion: (The Forgotten Legion Chronicles No. 1)
The Forgotten Legion: (The Forgotten Legion Chronicles No. 1)
by Ben Kane
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to what might be a great series., 13 April 2009
I really enjoyed this novel by Kane, as a first time author he has produced a stunning debut. The Forgotten Legion is very well written and well realised, you get a great sense of the different environments that Kane has created as well as having some really good characters. While Kane is not up there with the likes of Iggulden or Manfredi there is no doubt as his series continues and if he can keep each book at the same quality or better he will soon join the ranks of the vest writers of Historical fiction around.

This story follows four main characters.

1) Tarquiniusis a Etruscan shaman who has a deep hatred for Rome and is also one of the very last of his people. A shaman friend of his tells his future and of the revenge he will have on Rome, so with two mystical items he sets of to join the legions of Rome. There he will gain military experience and quickly becomes a feared warrior on the frontiers of Rome. All the time in the back of his mind he remembers his prophesy and the two friends he'll meet in the future and their journey and adventures.

2) Brennus is a huge Gaul warrior who has witnessed the death of his family and slaughter of his people. Captured by the Romans he is sold into slavery and finds himself in the training pits of the gladiator schools. Soon he is known as the greatest gladiator in all of Rome, still deep down his hatred for Rome grows and urge to seek revenge with it.

3) Romulus & Fabiola are twin slaves and son & daughter to a slave raped by a powerful noble of Rome. At the age of fourteen they are sold, Romulus to a gladiator school were he will learn the trade of killing and meet and make friends with the greatest gladiator. On a drinking binge one night they fight with some nobles and kills one, they have no choice but to flee and seek anonymity in the legions. Fabiola is to sold to one of Romes best pleasure houses were she will learn the art of seduction, she becomes proficient at this at snares a wealthy and powerful client for her freedom. Intent on finding her brother and mother and gaining revenge on the master who sold them.

A brilliant novel that any historical fiction lover will enjoy, his next book promises to be even better.


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